This year, Giant will release an Anthem X 29er. It’s been seen around for a bit of time, but it’s a good move for Giant MTBs. In order to make the 29er behave like a 26-inch they changed the head angle up to 71.5°. The bottom bracket is kept low and the chainstays are short. It will be compatible with 2×10 and 3×10 transmissions. The clearance of the tires is up to 2.3in.
For 2011, Giant made a few changes to their Trance X Advanced SL frameset. The top tube is straight, so the frame loses a bit of weight. It’s a bit stiffer and get a slacker heat tube angle.
I’ve become slightly obsessed with the Giant Anthem in the last week. I was looking at an Opus Maadh or a Stahk, but realized that a 2007 Giant Anthem 1 or 0 might be what I’m looking for. I’ve realized that the Specialized S-Works Epic, Cannondale Scalpel Team and Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SSL are out of my price range for now.
Tiësto @ Trance Energy 2000
Preach June 2008 promo mix